Joel Gehrke

Staff writer for The Washington Examiner's political commentary blog, Beltway Confidential.

Articles From Joel

Stanford gives up on using ‘security costs’ to cancel conservative students event

Stanford University

Conservative students at Stanford University won’t have to pay thousands of dollars in “security costs” to host an event on traditional marriage views, as the administration reversed course after the student group accused them of trying to tax free speech.

Elie Wiesel challenges Obama over Iran and Syria

Author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel challenged President Obama over the ongoing existence of the Iranian and Syrian dictatorships, as he warned that Israel must have the ability to defend itself from a second Holocaust.

Wiesel, while introducing Obama at the Holocause Memorial Museum, suggested that world leaders have not “learned anything” from the failure to prevent the Holocaust in the late 1930s and early 1940s.


Democrat resigns amid sexual harassment stories

News reports of sexual harrassment and hush money forced a North Carolina Democratic Party official to resign today, though he blamed conservative media for spreading a false story.

“Even though I have not done anything wrong, it is clear to me that I need to move on,” Jay Parmley, executive director of his state party, wrote in a resignation letter today. Parmley “blamed right-wing blogs for ‘spreading a false and misleading story’ about the incident,” according to The News & Observer (Raleigh).

Read more on The Washington Examiner’s “Beltway Confidential” blog.

George Zimmerman’s Lawyers Withdraw from Case

George Zimmerman will have to find a new team to defend him in regards to the shooting of Trayvon Martin, because his attorneys withdrew from the case today.

“He has not returned phone calls or text messages or emails leading me to believe that I cannot go forward,” Zimmerman attorney Craig Sonner explained in a press conference today, “because I’ve lost contact with him as of this point. I just can’t proceed to represent a client who doesn’t stay in contact with me.”

Sonner added that he still believes Zimmerman is innocent of murder, but cited the poor communication as a deal-breaker.

As posted in The Washington Examiner’s “Beltway Confidential” blog.


Santorum gets to stay in the race; does Newt?

As seen on The Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential blog. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich headed into tonight’s presidential elections with hardly two nickels to rub together (compared to Mitt Romney), but Santorum’s victories tonight could provide the fundraising boost needed to support his campaign through an otherwise uneventful month. Santorum won Missouri, where Gingrich was […]